"We Argh Marshall" - The historic bond & sportsmanship between ECU & Marshall continuesThis is a story about sportsmanship & respect, it is going viral -- please see the link for the complete story, it is quite moving:
A Trip I Will Never Forget (long) [from an ECU fan at Marshall game]
On the way back from Huntington, and like most Pirates we have been playing the what if game. What if DD doesn't throw the picks in this game? What if we are not worst in the country in TO's on the year. Very frustrated. That said it was a great trip with my sons and father-in-law. Marshall has great fans and we are forever linked.
That being said, I had a poignant reminder that football is only a game at the end of the day. I decide that my boys really need to see the memorials to the 75, so we go to the fountain and then the cementary. When we pull up to the cementary there is actually a burial going on right in front of the memorial. We park a ways away and try to be respectful while deciding to stay or go. The service concludes and the minister walks up to us. I am thinking he is coming to run us off. Instead he tells us that the lady being laid to rest is the wife of the AD who died in the crash. As he is dismissing he sees our flags and thinks it is perfect that someone from ECU is there. He asks us to stay because it would mean alot to the family. Huh?
We stay and walk up to the memorial. The grandson begins to talk to my father -in-law while a lady walks up to me. She is the daughter who just laid her mom to rest. She THANKS me for coming and talks to me and my sons about the tragedy. She thanked ECU for our tribute at the stadium and wishes us luck. She asks my kids if they play and reminds them to play till the whistle blows. What a classy lady.
I pray God's peace be with her and her family. I may not like CUSA, but I am proud to be conference mates with Marshall. They are...Marshall.